Study: Grief is a real heartbreaker

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Study: Grief is a real heartbreaker
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 10:15am

I don't think any of us that have dealt with grief needed a study to tell us what Health Day News is reporting:

There really is such a thing as heartbreaking grief, suggests new research that finds losing a loved one can increase the risk of heart attack.

Within a day of a significant other's death, heart attack risk was 21 times higher than normal, said researchers who looked at data on nearly 2,000 heart attack patients. And within the first week after death, the heart attack risk for the bereaved was still six times greater than usual.

"Extreme grief can trigger heart attacks," said lead researcher Dr. Murray Mittleman, director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. READ MORE


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 11:10am

Hey Karla,

you beat me to it.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 01-12-2012 - 7:03pm

Yes and yes to both of you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 5:46am


nice to meet you.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Thu, 01-19-2012 - 12:38pm

I am glad I read this.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 1:55pm

Hi Miladyknight,

nice to 'meet' you, so to speak.

Talking about death is a problems for so many people.